Declines in the activity of the somatotrophic axis have been implicated in the age-related changes observed in a number of physiological functions, including cognition. Such age-related changes may be arrested or partially reversed by hormonal supplementation. We examined the effect of 6 months treatment with daily growth hormone releasing hormone (GHRH) or placebo on the cognition of a group of 89 healthy older (68.0 ± 0.7) adults. GHRH resulted in improved performance on WAIS-R performance IQ (p < 0.01), WAIS-R picture arrangement (p < 0.01), finding A's (p < 0.01), verbal sets (p < 0.01) and single-dual task (p < 0.04). GHRH-based improvements were independent of gender, estrogen status or baseline cognitive capacity. These results demonstrate that the age-related decline in the somatotrophic axis may be related to age-related decline in cognition. Further they indicate that supplementation of this neuro-hormonal axis may partially ameliorate such cognitive declines in healthy normal older adults and potentially in individuals with impaired cognitive function (i.e., mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease). © 2005 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Growth hormone releasing hormone improves the cognition of healthy older adults / Vitiello, Michael V.; Moe, Karen E.; Merriam, George R.; Mazzoni, Giuliana; Buchner, David H.; Schwartz, Robert S.. - In: NEUROBIOLOGY OF AGING. - ISSN 0197-4580. - 27:2(2006), pp. 318-323. [10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2005.01.010]

Growth hormone releasing hormone improves the cognition of healthy older adults

Mazzoni, Giuliana;
2006

Abstract

Declines in the activity of the somatotrophic axis have been implicated in the age-related changes observed in a number of physiological functions, including cognition. Such age-related changes may be arrested or partially reversed by hormonal supplementation. We examined the effect of 6 months treatment with daily growth hormone releasing hormone (GHRH) or placebo on the cognition of a group of 89 healthy older (68.0 ± 0.7) adults. GHRH resulted in improved performance on WAIS-R performance IQ (p < 0.01), WAIS-R picture arrangement (p < 0.01), finding A's (p < 0.01), verbal sets (p < 0.01) and single-dual task (p < 0.04). GHRH-based improvements were independent of gender, estrogen status or baseline cognitive capacity. These results demonstrate that the age-related decline in the somatotrophic axis may be related to age-related decline in cognition. Further they indicate that supplementation of this neuro-hormonal axis may partially ameliorate such cognitive declines in healthy normal older adults and potentially in individuals with impaired cognitive function (i.e., mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease). © 2005 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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